Festival Schedule 2020

2020 Festival Runs September 24-27

Tickets On Sale Soon. See Our 2020 Schedule Below. Updates will be added throughout the summer!


2:00 PM

Afternoon Matinee Film – Chosen by the Cary Film Circle members, this film will kick off our “in-theater” screenings for BEYOND:  

The Cary Film Circle is our resident membership group and they are helping us choose the matinee film that will kick off the screenings in the theater! CFC Members have submitted lots of ideas and we’ll be announcing the selection soon!

Join the Cary Film Circle and attend this screening for FREE!

4:30 PM

Local Focus – The Best of The Cary Theater’s Zombiepalooza.

With Local Focus, we’re happy to showcase programs that we feature throughout the year – and support local filmmakers!

5:30 PM

Cary Film Circle Happy Hour

We’ll join together at a local establishment to celebrate and network.

7:00 PM

Festival Family Kick-Off Event – Cary Downtown Park

Come early for eats, drink, games and Dorothy’s Costume Contest – Walk the Yellow Brick Road and win prizes!

Find out more!






8:30 PM

Wizard of Oz – FREE



1:00 PM

Lighting for Documentary Interviews

Location: Digital P Studio, 110 Adams Street, Cary  /  Instructor: Warren Gentry of Digital P

Attend a Workshop

3:00 PM

Workshop – Music in Picture: A Film Scoring Workshop

Location: The Cary Theater  /  Instructor: Evan Hodges

Attend a Workshop

2:30 PM

REEL Conversations
Casting your Leading Lady / Leading Man

Location: to be announced

3:30 PM

Shorts Block 1

A Modern Romance


Interstate 8

Tender is the Kiss

Stari Grad

She Follows Close Behind

Location: The Cary

5:00 PM

A networking and filmmaker meet-up!

Location: The Cary 

7:00 PM

Shorts Block 2


The Spaghetti Monster

The Big L

Painted Love

Department 666


Location: The Cary

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9:00 PM

Shorts Block 3

Camilla, Keep Your Word





Uncle Otto’s Truck

Folding Fur

Location: The Cary

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10:00 AM

Screenwriting Masterclass

Emmy-award winner Joy Goodwin will be returning to teach the screenwriting masterclass. Goodwin serves as Chair of the MFA Screenwriting program at the UNC School of the Arts. She has screenplays in development with the directors Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) and Nicholas Ma (Won’t You Be My Neighbor) and has been named a 2020 Film Independent Screenwriting Fellow, a 2020 Tribeca Sloan Grant winner, a 2020 Athena List winner, and a 2019 Austin Film Festival Feature Comedy finalist. Joy has developed and co-produced films that have won Golden Globe, Sundance and Spirit Awards, and have been distributed by Lionsgate, Fox Searchlight, HBO Films, ABC and Focus, among others. She’s written, produced and directed documentary television for ABC, ESPN, NBC, A&E, and The History Channel. She is a former theater critic and reporter for The New Yorker and The New York Times. We are thrilled to have her back!

Location: The Cary

Attend a Workshop

11:30 AM

REEL Conversations
From Fledgling Filmmaker to Hollywood Producer

Location: to be announced

12:30 PM

Filmmaker Lunch Meet-up
Location: to be announced


1:30 PM

Shorts Block 4

Sea Salt Wind


The Sound of Silence


Lost in Place


Location: The Cary

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2:00 PM

Table Read for Screenplay Competition Winner

Career Day / A man struggles with his direction in life when he is forced to search his soul, while presenting to his son’s class for Career Day.

Join us as local actors perform this staged reading.  This event is free and open to  the general public.  Q&A with screenwriter and cast will follow.

Location: Cary Arts Center; Marcus Dry Room 101 Dry Ave

Screenwriting Winner Table Read


3:30 PM

Shorts Block 5

The Casserole Brigade

Quilt Journeys



Lost Treasure of the Valley

The Love Garden

Location: The Cary Theater

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5:30 PM

REEL Conversations
The Value of Local Connections in Filmmaking

Location: to be announced

7:00 PM

Marquee Film: 

Films to be announced soon.

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9:00 PM

Marquee Party

Location to be announced soon. Winners announced at party.



11:00 AM

Filmmakers Brunch

11:30 AM

Filmmakers Location Scouting Tour

2:00 PM

Final Cut Showcase

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4:00 PM

Short Films Block 65
Best of  the Festival

(Winners of Film Blocks 1 – 5)


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